OSWEGO, NY Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Oswego Minor Hockey Association, in partnership with ARC of Oswego County, will offer Ã¢â‚¬Å“Skate and Slide,Ã¢â‚¬Â a special free opportunity for children with special needs and their families to experience an ice rink. Volunteer hockey players will be available to guide children around the ice, whether they choose to skate or simply walk. For some children, this may be their first experience on an ice rink. To make a reservation, interested families should call Becky Robinson at 598-3108 x249 by March 12, 2010.
Often, families hesitate to bring their children with disabilities to a public place such as an ice rink because of accessibility issues, or fearing that a childÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s inability to skate may disrupt the experience for other attendees. With this special event, however, parents and siblings can enjoy some time on the ice and with Minor Hockey Association volunteers with their child with special needs without worry.
The concession stand will be open to purchase snacks, or children with special dietary needs can bring their own snacks. Ice skates are not required; snow boots and cold weather apparel are suggested. All children are required to wear a helmet, such as a bike helmet, while on the ice. A limited number of skates and helmets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
ARC of Oswego County is a private, not-for-profit organization which has been providing programs and services to children and seniors with disabilities since 1955. Services include Early Intervention and evaluation services for infants and toddlers, guardianship assistance, recreational and respite activities, senior day habilitation programs, and more. Its mission is to be a leader in the field of developmental disabilities, committed to meeting the needs of individual growth, productivity, and independence through education, advocacy, and increased community acceptance and participation. Its sister agency, Oswego Industries, Inc., provides services to adults with disabilities: together creating a comprehensive support system for Oswego County residents with disabilities.